Bringing Cochrane reviews to Polish professionals and consumers

Session Type
Oral presentation
Zajac J1, Koperny M1, Dziadyk M2, Bala M1
1Jagiellonian University Medical College, Poland, Krakow, Poland
2Central and Eastern European Society of Technology Assessment in Health Care, Poland

Background: Improving health literacy and increasing the use of reliable health information may reduce vulnerability to unreliable health-related information. Health professionals may help in translating the knowledge to non-professionals but often they find it challenging.
Objectives: to show our experiences and pathway of knowledge translation (KT) actions for consumers.
Methods: We applied for funding from The Social Responsibility of Science. Project started in the November 2022 and will last for 2 years. The project is based on Cochrane systematic reviews (SR), and plain language summaries (PLSs). We started collaboration with health professionals to prioritise SR’s topics which are deemed important to healthcare practice (e.g. physiotherapists) and to patients’ groups with whom we already cooperate (e.g. cystic fibrosis patients) . Prioritization was based on subjective assessments on a scale from 1 to 10 of the utility of the topic for healthcare practice completed by two healthcare professional independently. SRs which got the highest assessments and were deemed to be current were grouped into themes by health condition. Results from SRs will be shared using plain language summaries and additionally expressed in form of infographics and animations. All necessary professional terms will be explained with comic drawings or short (1-3 minutes) webinars. All aiming to make the easy-readable and understandable “information pill” from each theme. All our experiences and expertise, gathered from our work as Cochrane Poland will be structured to prepare the guide for Polish professionals to help in everyday KT.
Results: Project is connected with translations of 120 PLSs per each year and preparation of additional products (infographics, animations). We expect to have at least 3 topic themes expressed in plain language and described in graphic forms, for presentation during Cochrane Colloquium.
Conclusions: Promotion of SRs among health professionals in Poland still needs an effort but translation of studies results’ into easily accessible language for patients and lay audience is even more challenging and emerging.
Patient, public and/or healthcare consumer involvement: Our project mainly aims to bring professional knowledge from Cochrane SRs close to patients’ everyday life.